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Old 16th July 2006, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default LC Audio ZAPpulse 800XE ..

This thread is following a startup debate on another thread:

New Module by Lars Clausen

about L C Audio ZAPpulse 800XE.

To avoid the confusion, since i have absolutely nothing to do with the ZAPpulse 800XE what so ever, i thought it best to start this new thread for discussions about 800XE.

Link to 800XE page

All the best and good luck to L C Audio from

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Old 16th July 2006, 12:54 PM   #2
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Good idea.

I'd just like to note that since it's obviously an old amp, with at least 3000 units "installed", they must have performance data kicking around, why doesn't it appear on their website?

Can it really be enough to say they have impressive resolution and "perspective"??

Not even a mention as to what kind of protection it offers if anything at all.

So far I'm far from convinced this is the high end product they claim it to be.
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Old 16th July 2006, 07:03 PM   #3
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It would be interesting to know who designed this this amplifier and if it's marketed under another brand name.
It's "totally bump free on switch on and off" (!) and "BBC uses it as monitor amplifier".
I'm not gonna accept it as a 700XE replacement anyway but I'm waiting for money back.
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Default 3000 units

What a crock, 3000 units in recording studios. That is a lot of recording studios!!!
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Old 19th July 2006, 11:03 AM   #5
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Isn't it, though?

You know, the parent company is is TC electronics.
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Old 19th July 2006, 11:48 AM   #6
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Or one very large studio - possibly as part of the foundations.
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Old 25th July 2006, 05:07 PM   #7
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Default has anyone actually heard it...? Seen it IRL?

As Anzgar says, it would be very interesting to know who designed this module and so on. The photos of it don't really impress me (nor does the external buffer module based on 5532 and as far as I can see a very simple 3-prong voltage regulator based power supply).

I am curious exactly what LC-audio has come up with... they recommended this module to me over Zappulse 2.3SE and MilleniumXP-based solutions... maybe it really is good?

They promised to make more information available in August, but a 3rd party review and some feedback from someone who has bought the thing would of course be more exciting!

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Sorry, but what's the milleniumXP exactly?

Either way it only stands to reason that since you subjected yourself to their sales, you're going to get the latest product shoved down your throat regardless of how it performs. They probably don't want to keep producting or supporting other products that they haven't made.

TC electronics is who owns LC audio now and who is responsible for that "new" module they're trying to pass off as an upgrade to the XE.

It's not at all new and it has absolutely nothing to do with the XE or Zap monicker, and it just looks cheap as hell, meant for mass production commercial products obviously, very likely not up to the DIY standard of things as set by their competitors and even their former self.

I've yet to hear a lick of truth out of them anyway, and I think based on that you should consider other options.
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Old 25th July 2006, 06:44 PM   #9
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Actually I thought the 800 would be two bridged 400

But I am surpriced to see pictures of the new 800 - looks very "cool" to me - interesting feature with "clips" mounted transistors

Will be interesting with some listening tests before any judgements
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Sorry, but what's the milleniumXP exactly?
http://www.lcaudio.com/index.php?page=31

It's LC's good ol' class A/B amp, which I also considered (since I liked LC's old stuff, and I was very happy with my present class A/B amp until it died).

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...since you subjected yourself to their sales, you're going to get the latest product shoved down your throat regardless ... probably don't want to keep producting or supporting other products that they haven't made.
Unfortunately, you may well be right there. If so - and the 800XE isn't at least a decent product, the LC-audio name will be worth nothing very soon... What a shame.

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... It's not at all new ... absolutely nothing to do with the XE or Zap monicker ... looks cheap as hell ... mass production commercial products ... very likely not up to the DIY standard of things as set by their competitors and even their former self.
Based on present info, I agree with you, that's my impression too. But again, before anyone has actually seen & heard, we can't be sure. That's why I'm still curious.

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... and I think based on that you should consider other options.
Absolutely - after reading the sad 700XE story here, I certainly am considering other ways to go. I was more inclined to go for something from the old LC days anyways.

Maybe the NewClassD ... or maybe I'll buy something out of the box - that does have the advantage that I can actually listen to it before I spend my money Since the only classD amp I have listened to is the (nice but expensive) Tact Millennium, I'm not even sure whether or not PWM amps are ready for me yet anyway

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